Courses and training for parents and carers
In Portsmouth City we have a number of courses and workshops available for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Lots of these courses focus on helping parents to support their children at home as well as providing wider information and advice on topics such as getting support in school and understanding different areas of need.
In addition to these, there are a number of general parenting support courses.
You can also find many websites, both locally and nationally that offer advice on family life. For families with children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), it can be helpful to have specialist support and advice about how best to meet your child’s needs.
Read the information below to find out what is currently on offer or keep checking our events page.
SENDIASS Parent and Carer Training Events
From September 2020 to May 2021, Portsmouth SENDIASS are holding a number of information and advice training sessions for parents and carers. This will cover a variety of important and helpful topics.
Bringing up children is a lot of fun but can also have its challenges and understanding your child’s emotional development can help to support your relationship and your child’s behaviour.
SEND Specific Courses
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):
The Cygnet Programme is for parents of children age 5 to 18.
The Hampshire branch of the National Autistic Society regularly run workshops for parents about different autism-related topics.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
Special educational needs and disabilities:
Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) run a training day for parents with a focus on SEND laws, to empower parents to use the law to ensure they get the right support for their child.
SOS!SEN run regular workshops in East Molesey that usually focus on helping parents understand the Education, Health and Care (EHCP) assessment process and documents. They also have free SEN advice walk-in centres in Worcester Park, Hampton Court and Aldershot where parents can speak with an experienced volunteer.
General parenting support:
The Family Information Service website has an information page about universal parenting courses. These do not focus on specific SEND issues but they can still be useful, especially if you have children with differing needs.
Information and advice
If it is not practical for you to attend a course, or you’ve already been on one and are looking for additional support there are other services that can help.
These are usually free and offer confidential advice and support about any concerns you may have about your child’s development or family life.
Contact is a charity for families with disabled children. They have a free helpline for parents/carers to call to discuss a particular diagnosis, educational support and medical and social care.
YoungMinds has a helpline for parents who are worried about their child’s mental health. If you are concerned that your child is feeling very anxious, or depressed you can call YoungMinds for advice about how best to support them.
NAS Parent to Parent Service is a confidential telephone service provided by trained volunteers who are parents themselves of a child or adult on the autism spectrum.